How China’s J-20 stealth jet compares to the US’s F-22 fighter jet

  • A high-profile part of China’s ongoing military modernization is the J-20, the country’s first stealth fighter jet.
  • The J-20, likely based on stolen US designs, looks a lot like the US Air Force’s F-22, but appearance isn’t the only similarity between the two fifth-generation fighters.
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Aside from China’s aircraft carriers and ballistic-missile programs, no weapon system has captured as much attention as the J-20 Mighty Dragon, China’s first stealth fighter.

The aircraft is the world’s third operational fifth-generation stealth fighter, the only one in official service that wasn’t designed by the US or its allies.

Two J-20s were seen at a Chinese air base near the Indian border after tensions between the two countries spiked, rumors of a twin-seat variant under development have spread on social media, and last month, two J-20s were shown conducting a fighter drill in footage released by Chinese

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